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What's New In 2010 



Bighead carp, common carp, grass carp and silver carp can now be 
taken by hand-net, and those that jump from the water into a boat or 
on land may be taken and possessed in any number. 

Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method. 

Unanchored jug lines in lakes must be personally attended at least one 
time per hour. 

Nongame fish may be taken by bow 24 hours a day on portions of the 
Missouri, Mississippi and St. Francis rivers. See pages 10, 37 and 39. 

Invasive zebra mussels have been found in Pomme de Terre as well as 5 
other Missouri waters. See tips on slowing their spread on page 31. 



Contents 



Sport Fishing in Missouri 1 

Permits: General Information 2 

Purchasing Permits 3 

Missouri Fishing Permits 4 

Sport Fishing: General Rules 6 

Game Fish 8 

Nongame Fish 10 

Live Bait 12 

Bullfrogs & Green Frogs 14 

Mussels & Clams 14 

Turtles 14 

Trout Fishing Areas 16 

Reciprocal Fishing Privileges 21 

Illustrated Guide to the Fishes of Missouri 22 

How to Measure a Fish 27 

Special Area Regulations 28 

Large Reservoirs 28 

Rivers & Streams 32 

Contact Information 41 

Fish Consumption Advisory 42 

Definitions 44 

Think You've Got a Record? back cover 

Published by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Cover photo by Cliff White 

Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs of the Missouri Department of 
Conservation is available to all individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, sex, age 
or disability Questions should be directed to the Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson 
City, MO 65102, (573) 751-4115 (voice) or 800-735-2966 (TTY), or to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Division of Federal Assistance, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: MBSP-4020, Arlington, VA 22203. 



Sport Fishing in Missouri 



When it comes to fishing, Missouri has a lot to offer. While there are more than 200 
species of fish in the Show-Me State, anglers focus on only about two dozen. Seasons 
are long, and daily limits are generous. However, regulations exist to improve and 
maintain the quality of fishing, ensure that everyone has an equal chance of catching 
fish, and protect fisheries resources. 



The Wildlife Code of Missouri is a 
permissive code. This means that 
you may take or attempt to take only 
those species of fish and other aquatic 
wildlife permitted by the Code, and 
only by those methods, and only at 
the times and under the circumstances 
mentioned. As one angler put it: "If they 
don't say you can, you can't!" 

A permissive code means that rather 
than giving you an endless list of "thou 
shalt nots," we tell you what you may 
do. The reason for this is to make 
access to Missouri fishing as fair and as 
uncomplicated as possible. 



In Your Hands 



The information in this booklet 
is only a summary of the fishing 
rules and contains only those 
rules that affect the ordinary 
sport angler. It is NOT a legal 
document and is subject to 
revision during the current year. 
Refer to the Wildlife Code of 
Missouri or the Missouri Code of 
State Regulations for complete 
rules at www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/ 
csr/current/3csr/3csr. asp. 



ATV Users: Don't risk losing your fishing & hunting privileges! 

To help protect fish and other aquatic wildlife, it is illegal for anyone (except 
landowners and lessees on land they own or lease and some agricultural workers) 
to drive ATVs in Missouri's streams and rivers unless the ATV is on a crossing 
that is part of the highway system. Violators could lose their fishing and hunting 
privileges. 



Help a new angler 
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Free Fishing Days, June 12 and 13, 
are a great time to introduce family 
and friends to the joys of fishing. 
No permits or prescribed area daily 
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Permits: General Information 

Everyone who fishes must have the appropriate lifetime, annual or daily fishing 
permit or qualify for an exemption. 

The following do not need a lifetime, annual or daily fishing permit, but must 
purchase a daily trout fishing tag or trout permit when or where required: 

■ any Missouri resident landowner and resident lessee of land, and all members 
of their immediate households (see definition on page 45), when fishing on the 
land they own or on which they lease and reside 

■ any Missouri resident (whether or not meeting the definition of a landowner) 
who owns land that completely encloses a body of water, or any member of his 
or her immediate household, when fishing in those waters 

■ any Missouri resident 65 years of age or older 

■ any person (resident or nonresident) 15 years of age or younger. Note: 
Youngsters fishing without a permit are limited to the following methods— pole 
and line, gig, bow, crossbow, snaring, grabbing and snagging. 

■ any Missouri resident with a visual acuity not exceeding 20/200 in the better 
eye with maximum correction, or having 20 degree or less field of visual 
concentric contraction. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from a 
licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician 

■ any Missouri resident who is so severely and permanently disabled as to be 
unable to move freely without the aid of a wheelchair. Must carry a certified 
statement of eligibility from a licensed physician 

■ any Missouri resident with cerebral palsy or mental retardation as defined in 
Missouri Revised Statutes, section 630.005, and who is so severely disabled 
that he or she cannot fish alone. Must be accompanied by a licensed adult 
angler and possess a certified statement of eligibility from a licensed physician 
qualified to evaluate and treat the developmentally disabled 

■ any resident or nonresident who is an honorably discharged veteran who has a 
service-related disability of 60 percent or greater, or who was a prisoner of war 
during military service. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the 
Veterans Administration. 

Any person— without permit or prescribed area daily fishing tag— may fish during 
Free Fishing Days, June 12 and 13, 2010. Also, a fishing permit is not required to 
fish privately stocked waters. On private licensed trout fishing areas, customers 
and guests may fish for trout without a permit. 

Qualifications for Resident Permits 

A Missouri resident, for permit purposes, is a person who does not claim resident 
privileges in another state or country, and whose actual residence and legal 
permanent home address are both in Missouri, and have been for at least 30 
days before applying for the permit. Owning real estate or attending a Missouri 
school does not in itself make you a legal resident. Immigrants who possess an 
1-551 Resident Alien Card may receive resident permit privileges if they meet the 
resident requirements listed above. 

A nonresident who is a registered student attending a public or private 
secondary, post secondary, or vocational school in Missouri and who lives in 
Missouri while attending school may purchase resident permits, except lifetime 

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permits. Students must carry evidence of a Missouri residence and student status 
while hunting, fishing or trapping. Permits must be purchased at Conservation 
Department offices that sell permits. 

The following and their immediate family members who reside with them also may 
purchase resident permits: 

■ Missouri residents employed by the United States in the District of Columbia or 
serving in the U.S. armed forces 

■ all members of the U.S. armed forces stationed and residing in Missouri 

Permit Obligations 

Accepting a permit means that you: 

■ agree to observe all the rules of the Wildlife Code; 

■ will not loan your permit to another; 

■ will allow inspection of your permit, picture identification, catch and 
equipment by an agent of the Conservation Department; 

■ will carry your permit while fishing. If you ordered your permit by telephone 
or on the internet and have not received it by mail, you must carry the permit 
authorization number and picture identification with you while fishing until 
your permit arrives. 



Purchasing Permits 




You can purchase or replace your permits: 

■ at local permit vendors 

■ by calling 1-800-392-4115 
(additional $2 fee per person applies) 

■ online at www.wildlifelicense.com 
(additional $2 fee per person applies). 

Allow 10 days for delivery of telephone and online purchases. 

Lost or mutilated permits can be replaced by any vendor after verifying through a 
computer file that you had purchased a permit. A replacement permit costs $2. 

The Missouri Conservation Heritage Card, a Missouri Conservation identification 
number, Social Security number or driver's license number is required to purchase 
all permits except daily tags. 

The Heritage Card, similar in appearance to a credit card, stores registration 
information on a magnetic strip. The vendor scans the card and keys in the 
type of permit needed. A printer then issues the permit. The card also can be 
purchased to replace a lost hunter education card when the certification can be 
verified through Department records. 

The Heritage Card owner will receive a 15 percent discount on selected retail 
merchandise sold at Conservation Department facilities. Heritage Cards can be 
purchased for $2 wherever permits are sold. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. 

Note: The Heritage Card is not a permit. 

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Missouri Fishing Permits 



Anglers have a variety of permits from which to choose. The permits, unless noted 
otherwise on the permit itself, are valid from date of purchase through the last day 
of February 2011. To pursue, take, possess and transport fish, live bait, mussels, 
clams, crayfish, frogs and turtles, you will need, unless otherwise exempted, one 
or more of the following: 

Daily Fishing Permit $7 

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish and live bait. May be 
purchased by residents and nonresidents for multiple days. 

Resident Fishing Permit $12 

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish and live bait. 

Resident Hunting and Fishing Permit $19 

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish, live bait, birds (except turkey), 
mammals (except deer), and to sell furbearers taken by hunting. See hunting 
regulations booklets for additional permits needed to hunt migratory birds. 1 ' 23 

Resident National Guard and Reserve Service 

Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit $5 

For Missouri residents who are currently, or have in the previous 12 months, 
been mobilized and served on full-time active military duty in the National Guard 
(federal status) or reserve forces of the United States to take fish, frogs, mussels, 
clams, turtles, crayfish, live bait, birds (except turkey), mammals (except deer), 
and to sell furbearers taken by hunting. 12 ' 3 
To apply, fill out an application, which is available: 

• at mdc.mo.gov/9213 • by calling 573/522-4115, ext. 3579 

• or by writing to National Guard Permits, Missouri Department of Conservation, 
P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. Allow 10 days after sending in 
your application for your permit to be delivered. This permit is not available at 
vendors or online. 

Nonresident Fishing Permit $42 

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish and live bait. 

Trout Permit 

Age 16 and older $7 

Age 15 and younger $3.50 

To possess trout, except in trout parks where a daily trout fishing tag is required. A 
Trout Permit is required for all winter fishing in trout parks and for all fishing year 
'round in Lake Taneycomo upstream from the U.S. Highway 65 bridge. Must also 
have a fishing permit or qualify for an exemption. See pages 16-20. 

White River Border Lakes Permit $10 

Allows Missouri and Arkansas residents to pursue, take, possess (except trout) 
and transport fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish and live bait from the 
other state's portion of the impounded waters of Bull Shoals, Norfork and Table 
Rock lakes without purchasing a Nonresident Fishing Permit. Must also have a 
fishing permit or qualify for an exemption issued by the state of residence. 



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For anglers who want to make a long-term 
commitment to supporting Missouri wildlife, the 
following permits are available. 



Lifetime permits are available to Missouri residents only. Proof of residency, 
such as a photocopy of a valid Missouri driver's license, is required. For 
children under the age of 18, the parents' residency will be used. All lifetime 
permit holders receive a durable plastic permit card to carry in the field and 
special mailings to keep them updated on seasons, regulation changes and 
other information. Periodic validation of these permits will be required. 

You must apply for lifetime permits by filling out a lifetime permit form, 
which is available: 

• at mdc. mo. gov/8849 

• by calling 573/522-4115, ext. 3574 

• or by writing to Lifetime Permits, Missouri Department of Conservation, P.O. 
Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. 

Please allow 10 days after sending in your application for your permit to be 
delivered. Lifetime permits are not available at permit vendors or online. 

Resident Lifetime Fishing Permit — This permit carries the same privileges as the 
Resident Fishing Permit and the Trout Permit. 

Age 15 and under $275 

Age 16-29 $400 

Age 30-39 $350 

Age 40-59 $300 

Age 60 and over $35 

Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner Permit — This permit carries the same 
privileges as the Resident Hunting and Fishing Permit, the Trout Permit, the 
Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and the Conservation Order Permit. Deer and 
turkey hunting privileges are not included. A federal duck stamp is required 
for hunting waterfowl. 

Age 15 and under $550 

Age 16-29 $800 

Age 30-39 $700 

Age 40-59 $600 

Age 60 and over $70 



1 A federal duck stamp is required for hunting waterfowl. 

2 A Conservation Order Permit is required to take snow, blue and Ross's geese during the 
Conservation Order. 

3 A Migratory Bird Hunting Permit is required for hunting waterfowl, doves, snipe, woodcock and 
rails. 



Sport Fishing: General Rules 



■ Methods 

You may take fish by pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line and 
jug line. If you use more than 3 poles (or two poles on the Mississippi River) 
at any one time, the additional poles must be labeled with your full name and 
address. Regardless of the method or number of poles, you may not use more 
than a total of 33 hooks at any one time; except on the Mississippi River the 
maximum is 50 hooks at one time. If fishing on the Mississippi River and on 
other Missouri waters at the same time, no more than 50 hooks may be used 
and not more than 33 on waters other than the Mississippi. Hooks on trotlines 
must be staged at least 2 feet apart. Hooks on any type of line, as well as the 
line itself, must be attended every 24 hours or removed. 

New! Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method. 

Certain species in designated waters may be taken by the use of bow, crossbow, 
gig, atlatl, snare or by underwater spearfishing, snagging or grabbing. (See page 
10 for nongame fish regulations.) However, game fish not hooked in the mouth 
or jaw must be returned to the water unharmed immediately, except paddlefish 
legally taken during the paddlefish snagging season. All of the above methods of 
taking fish are considered sport fishing methods. See pages 44-45 for method 
definitions. 

No one may use any explosive, poison, chemical or electrical equipment to kill or 
stupefy fish. Such material or equipment may not even be possessed on waters of 
the state or adjacent banks. Spearguns may not be possessed on unimpounded 
waters or adjacent banks, and spears may not be propelled by explosives. It also is 
illegal to attempt to take fish by hand, with or without a hook, and to intentionally 
leave or abandon any commonly edible portion of any fish. 

Fish traps, including slat and wire ones, may not be possessed on waters in 
Missouri or on adjacent banks. However, live-bait traps are allowed. See live-bait 
section on page 12. 

Labels Required: You must place a tag of a durable material with your full name 
and address on live-bait traps, trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug 
lines and live boxes. 

Use of Lights: As an aid to fishing methods, an artificial light may be used 
only above the water surface. However, while fishing by pole and line only, 
underwater lights may be used to attract fish. 

■ Daily and Possession Limits 

You may possess no more than the daily limit of any given species while you 
are on waters, or on the banks of waters, where daily limits for those species 
apply. Where only catch-and-release fishing is allowed, fish must be 
returned unharmed immediately to the water after being caught. See culling 
regulations on page 40. 

The possession limit is twice the statewide daily limit. See page 8. Fish you 
take and possess must be kept separate or distinctly identifiable from fish taken 



Jug Line Regulations 



Anchored jug lines may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours. The 
anchor must be sufficient to render a jug immobile so that wind, current or 
large fish will not move the jug. A line that does not meet this standard is 
considered unanchored. Under normal fishing conditions, a 2-pound weight 
for a 2-liter soda bottle would be an appropriate anchor. Use a heavier 
weight to anchor larger floats or during times of high wind and current. 

Keeping track of your unanchored jug lines reduces catfish waste and jug 
line litter. Unanchored jug lines in streams must be personally attended at 
all times. New! Unanchored jug lines in lakes must be personally attended at 
least one time per hour. Anglers who cannot personally attend their jug lines 
can still enjoy jug fishing by using anchors. Personally attended means that 
the angler whose name is labeled on the jug line: 

■ is in visual sight of and close proximity to the jug line 

■ can see the jug line bob and move when a fish is hooked and can 
retrieve it 

■ can see and talk to a conservation agent checking the line 

■ can get the attention of or deter anyone who is tampering with the jug line. 



by another person. If you are away from your catch, the device holding the fish 
must be plainly labeled with your full name and address. 

■ Length Limits 

*/ A minimum length limit means that fish below a designated length must be 

returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. 
*/ A slot length limit or protected length range means that fish within 

a designated length range must be returned to the water unharmed 

immediately after being caught. 
*/ A maximum length limit means that fish above a designated length must be 

returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. 
See page 27 for details on how to measure fish. 

Regardless of where taken, fish that are not of a legal length cannot be possessed 
on the waters or banks where length limits apply. The head and tail must remain 
attached to the fish while you are fishing on waters where length limits apply. 

■ Transportation 

The fish you catch in Missouri, or elsewhere, may be possessed and transported 
as your personal baggage, if you have the required permit. Fish may be stored, 
preserved or refrigerated only at your home, camp, place of lodging or in a 
commercial establishment. Stored fish must be labeled with your full name, 
address, permit number, species of fish and the date placed in storage. Fish 
taken in another state by methods not permitted in Missouri may not be 
possessed on waters of the state. 



Game Fish 

The fish species listed below may be pursued and taken by pole and line, trotline, 
throwline, limb line, bank line and jug line. Paddlefish may be taken by snagging 
and grabbing from March 15 to April 30. See page 37 for special regulations for 
paddlefish on the Mississippi River. Game fish are defined on page 44. 

Seasons and limits apply statewide unless the body of water has special regulations 
as listed on pages 16-20 and 28-40 or if the area is posted with special regulations. 



Species 


Open 
Season 


Daily 
Limit 


Length 
Limit 


Black bass 

(largemouth, 

smallmouth, 

spotted/ 

Kentucky) 


From impoundments 


all year 


6 1 


none 1 


From Ozark streams 2 


May 22, 2010- 
Feb. 28, 2011 


12" minimum 


From other streams 2 


all year 


12" minimum 


Catfish 


Channel 


all year 


10 1 


none 1 


Blue 


all year 


5 1 


none 1 


Flathead 


all year 


5 1 


none 1 


Crappie (black & white) 


all year 


30 1 


none 1 


Muskellunge 


all year 


l 6 


36" minimum 1 


Northern pike 


all year 


l 6 


none 


Paddlefish (spoonbill) 3 


March 15- 
April 30 1 


2 1 


24" minimum 1 


Pickerel (chain & grass) 


all year 


6 


none 


Goggle-eye (rock bass) Si warmouth 


all year 


15 


none 1 


Shovelnose sturgeon 3 ' 4 


all year 1 


10 1 


30" maximum 


Trout 


all year 


4 1 


Rainbow: 
none 1 

Brown: 

15" minimum 

in streams 


Walleye Si sauger 


all year 5 


4 1 


15" minimum 1 


White, yellow Si striped bass Si their 
hybrids 


all year 


15 1 


no more than 

4 longer than 

18" 1 



Conservation Areas Regulations Available Online 

Before traveling to your favorite conservation area to fish, check the online 
regulations database at mdc.mogov/atlas. 



Footnotes for chart on page 8 

1 Applies on all waters, except those listed on pages 16-20 and 28-40 and on areas 
that are posted with special regulations. 



□ Area where 
black bass can 
only be taken from 
streams from 
May 22 - 
Feb. 28. 

Also see 
footnote 2. 



2 Black bass fishing and possession 
is open year 'round on the 
Mississippi River, all waters north 
of the south bank of the Missouri 
River, the St. Francis River 
downstream from Wappapello Dam 
and on streams in that portion of 
southeast Missouri bounded by a 
line from Cape Girardeau following 
Missouri highways 74 and 25, U.S. 
highways 60, 67 and 160, and the 
west bank of the Little Black River to 
the Arkansas state line. In the rest of 
the state referred to as the Ozarks, 
black bass from streams may not be 
possessed from March 1-May 21. 

5 Extracted paddlefish and shovelnose sturgeon eggs may not be possessed while on 
waters of the state or adjacent banks, and may not be transported. They also may not 
be bought, sold or offered for sale. 

4 Shovelnose sturgeon must remain intact while on waters of the state or adjacent banks. 

5 From Feb. 20 through April 14, walleye and sauger can be taken and possessed 
only between 112 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset in the unimpounded 
portions of all streams, except the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. To calculate the 
sunrise and sunset times in your area, see the U.S. Naval Observatory website: 
aa.usno.navy.mil or pick up a copy of the Wildlife Code of Missouri, which is 
available at permit vendors. 

6 Daily limit is 1 muskellunge or 1 northern pike. 





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Nongame Fish 



Nongame fish include bluegill, green sunfish, carp, carpsuckers, suckers, buffalo, 
drum, gar and all other species other than those defined as game fish or listed 
as endangered. Nongame fish may be taken as described in the chart. See 
Special Area Regulations on pages 28-40 for restrictions on certain waters. 



Method 



Season 



Time 6 



Location 



Daily 
limit 1 



Pole & line, 
trotline, 
throwline, 
limb line, 
bank line, 
jug line 



all year 



24 hours 



streams and impounded waters 



Underwater 
spear 



all year 



sunrise to 
sunset 



impounded waters and 
temporary overflow of a river 
or ditch 



50 1 ' 



Bow 



Crossbow 



Gig, atlatl 5 



Snagging, 
grabbing 5 



Snaring 5 



April 1-Jan. 31 



24 hours 



impounded waters 



Feb. 1-March 31 



sunrise to 
midnight 



impounded waters 



all year 



sunrise to 
midnight 



streams, except portions of 
Missouri, Mississippi, St. Francis 
rivers (see pages 37 & 39) 



New! 

24 hours 



portions of Missouri, Mississippi 
& St. Francis rivers (see pages 37 
& 39) 



sunrise to 
sunset 



temporary overflow of a river 
or ditch 



all year 



sunrise to 
sunset 



impounded waters and 
temporary overflow of a river 
or ditch 



Sept. 15-Jan. 31 



sunrise to 
midnight 



streams and impounded waters 



Feb. 1-Sept. 14 



sunrise to 
sunset 



impounded waters 



all year 



sunrise to 
sunset 



temporary overflow of a river 
or ditch 



March 15- May 15 
Sept. 15-Jan. 31 3 * 4 



24 hours 



streams and impounded waters 



all year 



sunrise to 
sunset 



temporary overflow of a river 
or ditch 



March 15- May 15 
Sept. 15-Jan. 31 3 * 4 



24 hours 



streams and impounded waters 



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• There is no limit on goldfish and bighead, common, grass and silver carp. 

• New! Bighead carp, common carp, grass carp and silver carp can be taken by 
handnet. Those that jump from the water into a boat or on land may also be 
taken and possessed in any number. 

•/ Bowfin must remain whole and intact while on state waters or adjacent banks. 

Footnotes for chart on page 10 

] The possession limit is twice the daily limit, except the Mississippi River which 
has a daily and possession limit of 100. Goldfish, bighead carp, common carp, 
grass carp and silver carp may be possessed in any numbers and do not 
count in the daily or possession limit. 

2 The daily limit is the combined total of all species, except that goldfish, 
bighead carp, common carp, grass carp and silver carp may be possessed 
in any numbers and do not count in the daily or possession limit. On the 
Current River from Cedar Grove downstream to Arkansas line, only 5 
hogsuckers may be included in a daily limit. 

3 In the Osage River downstream from U.S. Highway 54 to the Missouri River 
and in the Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake, nongame fish may be taken 
by snagging, snaring and grabbing from March 15 through April 30. 

4 On the Mississippi River, nongame fish may be taken by snagging, snaring 
and grabbing from March 15 through May 15 and Sept. 15 through Dec. 15. 

5 On Lake of the Ozarks and its tributaries, Osage River below U.S. Highway 54 
and Truman Lake and its tributaries, gigging, snaring and snagging for any 
species is not allowed after taking and possessing the daily limit of 2 paddlefish. 

6 For sunrise and sunset tables, go to aa.usno.navy.mil or pick up a copy of the 
Wildlife Code of Missouri where permits are sold. 



Giggers, Anglers: 
Protect Hellbenders 




Hellbenders are harmless, 

nonpoisonous aquatic salamanders 

that live in clear, swift-flowing 

rivers and streams throughout the Ozarks. These large amphibians, 11-20 

inches long, live under large flat rocks, venturing out at night to feed. 

Ninety percent of hellbenders' diet is crayfish, but occasionally they feed on 

minnows and earthworms. 

Due to declines in hellbender numbers, they are protected and cannot be 
taken from the wild or killed. 

If you catch one on hook and line, release it unharmed by removing the 
hook or simply cutting the line. 

If you gig fish or frogs, remember it is illegal to gig hellbenders. 

Thank you for helping to protect this unique Ozark amphibian, which is part 
of our natural heritage. Report sighting by calling 573/522-4115, ext. 3201. 



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Live Bait 



Live bait includes: crayfish, freshwater shrimp, southern leopard frogs, plains 
leopard frogs, cricket frogs and nongame fish. Bullfrogs and green frogs taken 
under season limits and methods listed on page 14 also may be used as bait. 
• Bighead carp and silver carp may not be used as live bait but may be used 

as dead or cut bait. 
•/ Live bait taken from public waters of Missouri may not be sold or transported 

from the state. 
*/ Game fish or their parts may not be used as bait. 



Don't Dump Bait! 



It is illegal to dump bait into Missouri waters. 



Throw unused bait in the trash 

Unwanted animals and plants can invade local 
water, damage habitat and ruin your fishing. 

To learn more about protecting Missouri's 
streams, rivers and lakes from invasive 
species, visit www.missouriconservation.org 




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■ Methods: Live bait may be taken by trap, dip net, throw net, pole and line or seine. 
•/ Live-bait traps must have a throat opening not more than IV2 inches in any 

dimension, and must be labeled with your full name and address. 

• Traps must be removed if they cannot be checked at least once every 24 
hours. 

*/ Seines must not be more than 20 feet long and 4 feet deep, with a mesh of 

not more than V2 inch bar measure. 
*/ Live bait, except fish, may be taken by hand. 

• Crayfish also may be taken by trap with an opening not to exceed IV2 inches 
by 18 inches. 

■ Length Limits: 

• All bluegill, green sunfish and bullheads more than 5 inches long and other 
species of nongame fish more than 12 inches long must be returned to the water 
immediately after being caught by any of the methods listed above except pole 
and line. The daily limits for nongame fish apply to the large fish taken by pole 
and line. 

^ There is no length limit on bighead carp, common carp, gizzard shad, 
goldfish, grass carp and silver carp when used as bait. 

■ Seasons: Live bait may be taken throughout the year. 

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■ Daily Limit: 

• A combined total of 150 crayfish, freshwater shrimp and non-game fish 

•/ 5 each of southern leopard frog, plains leopard frog and cricket frog 

•/ A combined total of 8 bullfrogs and green frogs. Bullfrogs and green frogs 

may be taken only from sunset June 30 through Oct. 31. See page 14. 
t/ Any number of goldfish and bighead, common, grass and silver carp 
*/ Any number of live bait, when purchased or obtained from a source other 

than the waters of the state or a licensed commercial fisherman; must be 

species on the Approved Aquatic Species List and angler must carry a dated 

receipt for the fish 



■ Other species that may be used as bait include: 

*/ Nongame fish of any size, except bowfin, if taken according to the methods 

and seasons listed on page 10 
• Mussels and clams legally taken 

by sport fish methods p ff gT — ^M 




Bullfrog 



Greenfrog 



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Bullfrogs & Green Frogs 



■ Methods: Bullfrogs and green frogs may be taken by hand, handnet, atlatl, gig, 
bow, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing 
or pole and line. An artificial light may be used. 

■ Season: Sunset June 30 through Oct. 31. 

Note: On June 30, 2010, sunset is at 8:37 p.m. Daylight-Saving Time in 
Jefferson City and points on the same longitude north and south. For 
calculating other locations, go to aa.usno.navy.mil. This information can also be 
found in the Wildlife Code of Missouri, which is available at permit vendors. 

■ Daily Limit: 8, combined total of both species 

Mussels and Clams 

■ Methods and Season: May be taken by hand, handnet or pole and line 
throughout the year. 

■ Daily Limit: 5, combined total of all species (except Asiatic clams, which may be 
taken and possessed in any number). This limit applies to live and dead animals. 
Two shell halves (valves) shall be considered 1 mussel or clam. 

Mussels listed in the Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern 
Checklist may not be taken or possessed. The checklist is online at 
mdc. mo.gov/nathis/endangered/. 

Turtles 

■ Methods: Common snapping turtles and soft-shelled turtles may be taken by hand, 
handnet, bow, crossbow, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, 
snaring, grabbing or pole and line. Shooting turtles with firearms is prohibited. 

■ Seasons: Common snapping turtles throughout the year; soft-shelled turtles 
from July 1 through Dec. 31 

Note: There is NO open season on the rare alligator snapping turtle. 

■ Daily Limit: 5 common snapping turtles; 5 softshell turtles 



Report Stream Pollution 




If you find dead fish, leaking barrels 

of unknown chemicals, municipal or livestock lagoons 

discharging poorly treated effluent, broken pipelines or unauthorized 

dredging or bulldozing polluting a stream, report it as soon as possible to 

the Department of Natural Resources' 24-hour environmental emergency 

response number (573/634-2436). 

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Know the differences between snapping turtles 

Alligator Snapping Turtles 

• Found in southern, southeastern 

and eastern Missouri in large rivers, Raised ridges on sMl more pr0 minent in back 

sloughs and oxbow lakes 

• Protected species, illegal to harvest 



Beak more pronounced 
than common snapping 
turtle 




Extra row of scales on side 



ound bumps 
on tail 



Common Snapping Turtles 

• Found statewide 

• Legal to harvest 



, Smooth shell on adults 
(young have rough shells) 



Beak smaller than 
alligator snapping 
turtle 




Single row of scales on 



Sawtooth 
bumps on tail 



Alligator Snapping Turtle Hatchling 

• Typically orange-brown color 

• No white spots on shell 




Common Snapping Turtle Hatchling 

• Gray-brown color 

• White spots on edge and bottom of shell 







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Trout Fishing 



Missouri has several types of trout fishing areas, each with its own special rules. 
In addition to a fishing permit, you will need a trout permit to possess trout on all 
waters outside of the trout parks and a daily tag while fishing in the trout parks. 
Unless otherwise indicated, the season is open all year. 

■ Trout Parks 

Maramec Spring Park, Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park and 
Roaring River State Park are open and stocked daily from March 1 through Oct. 
31. Anglers need a fishing permit, unless exempt, as well as a daily trout tag. The 
daily trout tag is $3 for adults and $2 for those 15 and younger. Note: At Roaring 
River State Park, a daily tag or a trout permit may be used for fishing from the 
first bridge below the old dam in Zone 3 to the downstream park boundary. 

The daily limit is 4, and you must stop fishing for any species after having 4 trout 
in possession. Area regulations, fishing methods and zones vary. Ask for details 
when you purchase your tag. 

Catch-and-release fishing only is available from Nov. 12, 2010, through Feb. 14, 
2011. Maramec Spring Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The three state 
parks are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday through Monday. A fishing permit, 
unless exempt, and a trout permit are required. Only flies may be used. 

■ Trout Management Categories for Ozark Streams 

Approximately 120 miles of Ozark streams provide quality trout angling. Below 
are the three types of management provided in these areas. See pages 18-20 for 
locations and regulations. 



Blue Ribbon Trout Areas include parts of large, cold rivers with excellent 
trout 'habitat and smaller streams that support naturally reproducing rainbow 
trout. Harvest is limited to maintain the maximum density of adult trout, create 
excellent catch-and-release fishing and provide the occasional chance to harvest a 
trophy. These areas on the Current and North Fork of the White rivers are stocked 
with brown trout, and the Eleven Point River is stocked with rainbows. 



Red Ribbon Trout Areas have high-quality habitat stocked primarily with browns. 
They provide catch-and-release fishing and a chance to harvest quality-size trout. 

^Sr^_~^] White Ribbon Trout Areas are coldwater streams capable of supporting 
trout populations year 'round. All receive periodic stockings of rainbow trout, and 
some also receive brown trout. They provide great opportunities for catching and 
harvesting trout and the occasional chance to harvest a large trout. 

■ Winter Trout Fishing Areas 

Rainbow trout are stocked in the winter beginning in early November in the lakes 
listed in the following chart. Fishing is permitted year 'round during normal park 
or area hours. 



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Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide 
limits, except during the dates listed below. Trout permits are required if trout are kept. 



Kansas City Area 


• Alex George Lake in Jackson County 

• Chaumiere Lake in Kansas City 

• Coot and Plover lakes at the James A. 
Reed Memorial Wildlife Area 


year 'round 


Statewide methods and limits 


St Louis Area 


• Lakes 22, 23, 24 at August A. Busch 
Memorial Conservation Area 


year 'round 


• You must stop fishing for all 
species after having 4 trout in 
possession. 


Nov. 1-Jan. 31 


• Only 1 pole may be used. 

• Use of chum is prohibited. 


• Carondelet Park Boathouse Lake 
in St. Louis 

• January-Wabash Park Lake in 
Ferguson 

• Suson Park Lakes 1, 2, 3 in St. Louis 
County 

• Vlasis Park Lake in Ballwin 

• O'Fallon Park Lake in St. Louis 


year 'round 


• You must stop fishing for all 
species after having 4 trout in 
possession. 


Nov. 1-Jan. 31 


• Only 1 pole may be used. 

• Use of chum is prohibited. 


• Jefferson Lake in St. Louis 

• Koeneman Park Lake 
in Jennings 

• Lakes 21, 28 at August A. Busch 
Memorial Conservation Area 

• Tilles Park Lake in St. Louis County 

• Walker Lake in Kirkwood 

• Wild Acres Park Lake in Overland 


Nov. 1-Jan. 31 


• Catch & release only for trout 

• Flies, artificial lures and 
unscented soft plastic baits only 

• Only 1 pole may be used. 

• Use of chum is prohibited. 


Feb. 1-Oct. 31 


• You must stop fishing for all 
species after having 4 trout in 
possession. 


Other Cities around the State 


• McKay Park Lake in Jefferson City 

• Kiwanis Lake in Mexico 

• Liberty Park Pond in Sedalia 

• Spur Pond in Kirksville 


Nov. 1-Jan. 31 


• Catch & release only for trout 

• Flies, artificial lures and 
unscented soft plastic baits only 


• Rotary Lake in Jackson 


Nov. 1-Jan. 31 


• Catch & release only for trout 

• Flies, artificial lures and 
unscented soft plastic baits only 

• Only 1 pole may be used. 

• Use of chum is prohibited. 


• Everyday Pond at Missouri Western 
State University in St. Joseph 


Oct. 16- 
Jan. 31 


• Catch & release only for all 
species including trout 


Nov. 1-Jan. 31 


• Flies, artificial lures and 
unscented soft plastic baits only 



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Trout Fishing in Ozark Streams and Lakes 



Area name & type 
Directions & total miles 


County 


Length 
Limit 


Daily 
Limit 


Authorized 
Lures 


Barren Fork Creek 1 <^^p4 

County Road A-D to its junction 
with Sinking Creek - 3.2 miles 


Shannon 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies 


Blue Springs Creek 1 <^pf4 

From Blue Springs to its junction 
with Meramec River - 4 miles 


Crawford 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies 


Capps Creek 1 ^C^<j 

4 miles upstream from its 
junction with Shoal Creek 


Barry & 
Newton 


Rainbows: 
none 
Browns: 
at least 15" 


4 


All 


Crane Creek ' <^^f4 

Upstream from Quail Spur Road 
crossing on Stone County Road 
13-195 - 8 miles 


Stone & 
Lawrence 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies 


Current River 1 <^pf4 

River and its tributaries from 
lower boundary of Montauk 
State Park to Cedar Grove Bridge 
- 9 miles 


Dent 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies 


Current River 1 ^C^<3 

Downstream from Cedar Grove 
Bridge crossing - 7.7 miles 


Dent 


Rainbows: 
none 
Browns: 
at least 15" 


4 


All 


Eleven Point River 1 <^pf4 

Greer Spring Branch junction to 
Turner Mill Access - 5.5 miles 


Oregon 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies 


Eleven Point River ^Z^<j 
Downstream from Turner Mill 
Access - 14.2 miles 


Oregon 


None 


4 


All 


Hickory Creek 1 ^^] 

From Highway 86 bridge to 
Shoal Creek - 2.7 miles 


Newton 


Rainbows: 
none 
Browns: 
at least 15" 


4 

(from 
March 
1-Oct. 

31) 


All (from 
March 1-Oct. 
31) 




Catch and 
release 




(from 
Nov. 1 
-Feb. 
28) 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies only 
from Nov. 
1-Feb. 28 



Definitions of Blue, Red and White Ribbon Trout Management 
Areas are on page 16. 



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Don't trespass! Many trout streams flow through private land. 
Before entering, ask landowners for permission. 



Area name & type 
Directions & total miles 


County 


Length 
Limit 


Daily 
Limit 


Authorized 
Lures 


Lake Taneycomo & its tributaries 123 

From the closed zone 760 feet 
below Table Rock Dam to the 
mouth of Fall Creek - 3 miles 


Taney 


Rainbows: 
less than 12" 
or greater 
than 20" 
Browns: 
at least 20" 


4 

(only 1 
brown) 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies 


Lake Taneycomo 1 24 

Mouth of Fall Creek to Powersite 
Dam and tributaries to Lake 
Taneycomo - 19.7 miles 


Taney 


Rainbows: 
none 
Browns: 
at least 20" 


4 

(only 1 
brown) 


All 


Little Piney Creek 1 <^f4 

From Phelps County line in 
Sections 9 and 16 of T35N, R8W, 
including Piney Spring Branch and 
Lane Spring Branch to Milldam 
Hollow Access - 9.9 miles 


Phelps 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies 


Little Piney Creek 1 ^^2 

Downstream of Milldam Hollow 
Access - 3.7 miles 


Phelps 


Rainbows: 
none 
Browns: 
at least 15" 


4 


All 


Meramec River 1 <9^f4 

From Highway 8 bridge to 
Scott's Ford and in Dry Fork 
Creek from the elevated cable 
crossing to its confluence with 
the Meramec River - 8.2 miles 


Phelps & 
Crawford 


At least 15" 


2 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies 


Mill Creek 1 <^f4 

Yelton Spring to its junction 
with Little Piney Creek including 
Wilkins Spring and spring 
branch - 7.7 miles 


Phelps 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies 


Niangua River 1 ^E^^Cl 
From Bennett Spring Branch to 
Prosperine Access -11.5 miles 
of stocked stream 


Dallas 


Rainbows: 
none 
Browns: 
at least 15" 


4 


All 


North Fork, White River ' <^f4 

Upper outlet of Rainbow Spring 
to Patrick Bridge - 8.6 miles 


Ozark 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 
lures and 
flies 



1 While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail and skin intact. 

2 Lake Taneycomo is stocked monthly with rainbow trout and annually with brown trout. 

3 Must also have trout permit to fish for any species. 

4 Must also have trout permit upstream of U.S. Highway 65 bridge to fish for any species. 



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More Trout Fishing in Ozark Streams and Lakes 



Area name & type 
Directions & total miles 


County 


Length 
Limit 


Daily 
Limit 


Authorized 
Lures 


North Fork, White River 1 *^^3 
Unimpounded river and its 
tributaries from Patrick Bridge to 
Norfork Lake - 7.0 miles 


Ozark 


At least 
15" 


2 


All 


Roaring River 1 ^Z^J<] 

From the lower boundary of 
Roaring River State Park to Table 
Rock Lake - 4 miles 


Barry 


Rainbows: 
none 
Browns: 
at least 15" 


4 


All 


Roubidoux Creek 1 ^^^] 
Upstream of the elevated utility 
cable crossing approximately Vz 
mile below Business 1-44 bridge 
in Waynesville - 0.9 miles 


Pulaski 


Rainbows: 
none 
Browns: 
at least 15" 


4 


All 


Roubidoux Creek 1 <Apf4 

Downstream of the elevated 
utility cable crossing about 0.5 
mile below Business 1-44 bridge 
in Waynesville to its junction with 
the Gasconade River - 2.2 miles 


Pulaski 


At least 
15" 


2 


Artificial lures 
and flies 


Spring Creek 1 <a^p4 

Relfe Spring to its junction with 
Big Piney River - 6.2 miles 


Phelps 


At least 
18" 


1 


Artificial lures 
and flies 


Stone Mill Spring 1 ^I^^J 
Entire spring branch - 0.3 mile 


Pulaski 


Rainbows: 
none 

Browns:at 
least 15" 


4 (from 
March 
1— 
Oct. 31) 


All (from 
March 1— 
Oct. 31) 




Catch and 
release 


(from 
Nov. 1— 
Feb. 28) 


Artificial lures 
and flies 
(from Nov. 
1— Feb. 28 or 
as posted) 



1 While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail and skin intact. 



Fishing Hotspots 



Wondering where to fish? Find out what to expect at more than 100 fishing areas 
based on the results of fish population monitoring. Find the information online at 
mdc.mo.gov/fish/prospects or get a printed copy of the annual report by sending 
an e-mail to pubstaff@mdc.mo.gov or by writing to "Fishing Prospects," Missouri 
Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. 



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Reciprocal Fishing Privileges 



Fishing privileges on boundary waters common to Missouri and an adjoining 
state are mutually agreed upon by the two states. It is your responsibility to know 
which state you are fishing in and the regulations that apply to the waters that you 
are fishing. You must be licensed in Missouri to fish in Missouri tributaries of the 
Mississippi, Missouri and St. Francis rivers. You may not fish in the tributaries of 
these rivers in a state where you are not licensed. 



Properly licensed or 
exempted anglers from 
Missouri: 


Missouri 

River 
(Kansas, 
Nebraska) 


Mississippi 

River 

(Illinois, 

Kentucky*, 

Tennessee) 


St. Francis 

River 
(Arkansas) 


Des Moines 
River 
(Iowa) 


May fish in the flowing 
waters of either state. 


• 


• 


• 


• 


May fish in either state's 
adjacent backwaters and 
shared oxbow lakes 


• 


•* 




• 


May fish from the bank or 
attach to the bank of either 
state. 


• 


•* 






Must abide by the regulations 
of the state in which you are 
fishing, regardless of where 
you are licensed. 


• 


• 




• 


Must abide by the regulations 
of the state where you are 
licensed, regardless of where 
you are fishing. 






• 




Must abide by the most 
restrictive of the two states' 
regulations when fishing the 
other state's waters. 


• 


• 




• 



* For the purposes of these reciprocal fishing privileges with Kentucky, the Mississippi River is 
defined as the main channel and immediate side or secondary channels or chutes. It does not include 
oxbow orfloodplain lakes, or backwaters that extend onto the floodplain or up tributaries when the 
river level exceeds 33 feet at the Cairo, III, gauging station. 



For more information on adjacent states' regulations and permits, contact: 

• Arkansas Game and Fish Commission: 800/364-4263 

• Illinois Department of Natural Resources: 217/782-6302 

• Iowa Department of Natural Resources: 515/281-5918 

• Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks: 620/672-5911 

• Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources: 800/858-1549 

• Nebraska Game and Parks Commission: 402/471-0641 

• Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency: 615/781-6500 

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Do You Know the Fishes of Missouri? 



White crappie 



Bluegill 



5 or 6 dorsal fin spines 
(Black crappie have 7 
or 8 dorsal fin spines) 



distinct ear flap 
without border 
or orange spot 




dark markings 
usually in bars 




distinct blotch 



Longear sunfish 




long, pointed fin 



Goggle-eye 
(Rock bass) 



long, dark \ \ 

earfla P rounded fin 



usually no 
. dark blotch 



Green sunfish 



usually dark 
blotch 




tail fin solid 



upper jaw extends 
beyond lower jaw 



anal fin margin rounded 
with 24-29 rays 

lower jaw extends _ 
beyond upper jaw 



rounded fin 



El at It a a rf 

upper fin lighter 

Catfish than remainder of fin 



I 



Joseph R. Tomelleri illustrations 




i — tail fin 
square 



Largemouth bass 



smooth 
tongu* 




two fins not well 
connected 



White bass 



dark horizontal stripe 
scales on cheek are 




horizontal stripes 



upper jaw extends 
beyond back of eye 



same size as on body 



teeth on back of tongue deep body is more than 
in a single patch 1/3 total body length 

seldom exceeds 3 pounds 



Smallmouth bass 

upper jaw does 
not extend beyond 
back of eye 



/ 



two fins connected 



Striped bass 



horizontal stripes 





very small 
cheek scales 



side plain with a series of 
separate vertical bars 



Spotted bass 

rough patch 
on tongue 



two fins connected 

I 




upper 
jaw does 
not reach 
back of 
eye 

very small 

cheek scales 

Blue catfish 



dark horizontal stripe, lower 
side with series of dark 
horizontal streaks 



tail fin forked 




upper jaw extends 
beyond lower jaw 



anal fin margin 
straight with 30-35 
rays 




teeth on back of tongue slender body is less than 
in two parallel patches 1/3 the total body length 

commonly reaches 20 pounds 

White bass-striped bass hybrid 




deep body is 
more than 1/3 
total body length 



horizontal stripes broken 
seldom exceeds 20 pounds 



Black bullhead 



barbels 



tail fin square 




spines on front of fin 



dark, not mottled 



Rainbow trout 




tail spotted, 
' definitely forked 



usually pink streak 



Walleye 



t * 



side usually 
has orange 



Brown trout 




abdomen usually yellow 



fins not connected 




dark blotch 



tail slightly forked and 
with dark spots faint or 
absent 



Northern hog sucker 



Muskellunge 



long and slender 




mouth at tip 
of snout 
on bottom 



vertical bars and some spots 



Common carp 



prominent cross bars 
slender-bodied 




■tail 
forked 



^ 



fin forked at front 




deep-bodied 



Joseph R. Tomelleri illustrations 



Shovelnose sturgeon 




bases of barbels form a 
straight line (see page 26) 



Pallid sturgeon 





thin scale-like 
plates on belly 



long slender filament 
if not broken off 



Shovelnose sturgeon and endangered 
pallid sturgeon are similar. See 
identification tips on page 26. 




bases of barbels form a 
crescent (see page 26) 



Lake sturgeon 



^ skin-like * 

scaleless belly ^ Endangered species: 
If caught, return 
unharmed to water 
immediately. 




barbels 
not fringed 



Bighead carp 



only 2 lobes 
on lower lip 



often has irregular 
splotches on body 



Silver carp 

no dark splotches 



/ 

large 

head 

with 

turned 

up 

mouth 




eye far 

forward keel extends 

and turned to base of 

downward pelvic fins 



Grass carp 



keel extending forward to 
base of pectoral fins 

Non-native species: May not be used as live 
bait but may be used as dead or cut bait. 



scales appear 

to be crosshatched 




sn in doubt about the ide 
water unharmed immed 



• lega 



Dlav it safe and 



How to Identify Sturgeon 



There are three species of sturgeon in Missouri. The pallid and lake sturgeon are 
endangered and need to be protected. Use the information listed below to learn 
the key differences so you can always return pallid and lake sturgeon unharmed 
to the water immediately. 



Endangered lake sturgeon 

■ Sides and back range from 
dark slate to light brown or 
yellowish-olive; white belly 

■ Found throughout Missouri 
and Mississippi rivers 

■ May reach 8 feet in length 
and more than 300 pounds 



Barbel near mouth are 
smooth, not fringed 




Short, round 
snout 



Lips with two lobes 



Endangered pallid sturgeon 

■ Grayish-white color 

■ Found in the Missouri 
River and in the Mississippi 
downstream from the 
mouth of the Illinois River 

■ May exceed 30 inches 
in length and reach 10 
pounds or more 



Bases of barbels form a crescent; 
inner two barbels are short and thin 



Length of A less than B 



f 




Belly without scale-like plates 



Length of Asimil 
-B 



Belly with scale-like plates 




Shovelnose sturgeon 

■ Reddish-brown or buff 
color. See illustration on 
page 25. 

■ Found throughout Missouri 
and Mississippi rivers 

■ Rarely exceeds 30 inches in 
length or 5 pounds 



Bases of barbels in a straight line; 
inner two barbels are long and thick 

If you catch a pallid or lake sturgeon, release it immediately, then report the sighting to: Missouri 
Department of Conservation, 1907 Hillcrest Drive, Columbia, MO 65201, or 573/884-6861. 



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How to Measure a Fish (total length) 




Total length is measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail, with 
the fish laid flat on the ruler, with the mouth closed and the tail lobes pressed 
together. 



How to Measure a Paddlefish 




Paddlefish are measured from the eye to the fork of the tail. 



How to Measure a Shovelnose Sturgeon 




Sturgeon are measured from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail. Only 
shovelnose sturgeon are legal to keep. See pages 25 and 26 for identification tips. 



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Your purchase of hunting and fishing equipment and motorboat 
j fuels supports wildlife and sport fish restoration and boating 
access facilities. 

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Special Area Regulations 



Most public fishing areas have methods, seasons, limits or other fishing 
regulations that are different than the statewide rules. These special regulations 
are posted at the areas. It is your responsibility to know what regulations apply 
to the waters you are fishing. Please refer to area brochures, signs and bulletin 
boards before fishing these waters. 

Special regulations on large reservoirs, rivers, streams and trout areas are 
summarized below. Special regulations also apply to the tributaries of some large 
reservoirs. These rules are listed under the name of the lake or stream. Statewide 
regulations apply unless otherwise indicated below. 



Large Reservoirs 



Blue Springs Lake 

■ Pole and line fishing only, except that shad may be taken by dip net or throw net. 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

Bull Shoals Lake 
Lakewide: 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth 
bass; 12" minimum length limit on spotted bass 

■ Catfish (channel, blue and flathead)— 10 fish daily limit, combined total of 
these three species 

■ Crappie — 10" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Walleye and sauger— 18" minimum length limit 

In the Swan Creek Arm above U.S. Highway 160: 

■ From Feb. 20 through April 14, walleye and sauger may be taken and 
possessed only between Vi hour before sunrise to Vi hour after sunset. 

From Powersite Dam to Highway 76: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines and limb lines are prohibited. 

LakeoftheOzarks 
Lakewide: 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth 
bass; 12" minimum length limit on spotted bass 

■ Crappie — 9" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

■ Nongame fish— Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 
through April 30 only. 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Paddlefish — 34" minimum body length, measured from eye to fork of tail 

■ No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a 
daily limit of 2 paddlefish. 

Within 525 feet on the left descending bank and 977 feet on the right descending bank 

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below Truman Dam in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' restricted zone: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Truman Dam throughout the 
no-boating zone (look for signs and buoys): 

■ Catfish— The daily limit of channel, blue and flathead catfish is 4, combined 
total of these three species, and only 1 may be more than 24" in total length. 

■ Paddlefish may not be possessed. 

From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Truman Dam to U.S. Highway 65: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, jug lines, snagging, snaring and grabbing are 
prohibited. 

LakeTaneycomo 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Brown trout— 20" minimum length limit; the daily limit of 4 trout, combined 
total of both species, may include only 1 brown trout. 

Within 760 feet below Table Rock Dam: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

From the closed zone 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek: 

■ Rainbow trout— 12" to 20" slot length limit 

■ Pole and line fishing only 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and 
natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

From the closed zone 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to U.S. Highway 65 bridge: 

■ Fishing permit (unless exempt) and a trout permit are required to fish for any species. 

Long Branch Lake 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

■ Hybrid striped bass— 20" minimum length limit; daily limit of 4 

■ Crappie— 15 fish daily limit 

■ Walleye and sauger— 18" minimum length limit 

Longview Lake 

■ Pole and line fishing only, except that shad may be taken by dip net or 
throw net. 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 



Become a Master Angler 



The Conservation Department recognizes anglers who catch 
selected fish species that meet minimum weight or length 
requirements. To be eligible for a Master Angler award, anglers must 
catch fish in Missouri by legal sport-fishing methods. The catch 
does not need to be verified. Anglers are on their honor to provide 
accurate information. 

To apply, write to Master Angler, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City MO 65102-0180; call 
573/522-4115, ext. 3594; or look on the web at: mdc.mo.gov/fish/records. 



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Mark Twain Lake 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie— 15 fish daily limit 

Montrose Lake 

■ Black bass — 18" minimum length limit; 2 fish daily limit 

■ Crappie— 15 fish daily limit 

Norfork Lake 
Lakewide: 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; 
12" minimum length limit on spotted bass 

■ Catfish (channel, blue and flathead)— Daily limit of 10 fish, combined total of 
these species 

■ Crappie — 10" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Walleye and sauger — 18" minimum length limit 

PommedeTerreLake 

■ Black bass— 13" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie — 9" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

Smithville Lake 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie — 9" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

Stockton Lake 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie — 10" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

Table Rock Lake 
Lakewide: 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

■ Catfish (channel, blue and flathead)— Daily limit of 10 fish, combined total of 
these species 

■ Crappie— 10" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

■ Walleye and sauger — 18" minimum length limit 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Paddlefish— 34" minimum body length, measured from eye to fork of tail 

Thomas Hill Lake 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie— 15 fish daily limit 

■ Hybrid striped bass— 20" minimum 
length limit; daily limit of 4 

Truman Lake 
Lakewide: 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie — 9" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

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■ Nongame fish — Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 
through April 30 only. 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Paddlefish — 34" minimum body length, measured from eye to fork of tail 

■ No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a 
daily limit of 2 paddlefish. 

Wappapello Lake 
Lakewide: 

■ Crappie— 9" minimum length limit 

On the lake and its tributaries including the St. Francis River and its tributaries above 
Wappapello Dam 

■ Walleye and sauger— 18" minimum length limit 




Invasive zebra mussels are in Missouri! 

Your help is needed to help slow their movement 

As of January 2010, these invasive mussels have been found in: 

■ Lake Taneycomo 

■ Bull Shoals Lake 

■ Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River downstream from Bagnell Dam 

■ Mississippi and Missouri rivers 

■ Meramec River near St. Louis 

■ Pomme de Terre Lake 

Although less than 2 inches long, these exotics: 

■ DISRUPT native aquatic animals and communities. 

■ CLOG the cooling systems of boat motors causing them to overheat. 

■ PLUG intake pipes, cutting off water supplies to cities and power plants. 

■ RUIN beaches with their sharp shells and rotting carcasses. 

■ SPREAD quickly. A single female can produce 1 million eggs a year. 

To help stop the invasion of this European mussel- 
Inspect, Drain, Dump, Rinse, Dry! 

■ INSPECT your boat for mussels after each use, remove and trash mussels 
and water weeds before leaving any body of water. 

■ DRAIN all water from your boat, bait buckets and equipment before 
leaving any body of water. Then disinfect them. 

■ DUMP unused bait in a trash container before leaving any body of water. 

■ RINSE your boat's hull, drive unit, livewell and pump, bilge, trailer, bait 
bucket, engine cooling system and all other parts and accessories that 
get wet with hot water. 

■ DRY your boat, motor and trailer thoroughly for 5 days before boating again. 

Report sightings to: Invasive Species Coordinator, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 
65102-0180, 573/751-4115. Save several mussel shells for identification by placing 
them in isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol or by freezing them. 

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Rivers and Streams 

Barren Fork Creek 

In Shannon County from County Road A-D to Sinking Creek: 

<^Pp^ Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See page 18 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Big Piney River 

From Highway 17 to the Gasconade River: 

■ Goggle-eye — 8" minimum length limit 

From Slabtown Access to Ross Access: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

Big River 

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit. 

From Leadwood Access to the Meramec River: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily and possession 
limit of 12 black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass 
and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 
smallmouth bass. 

Black River 

Within the wing walls of Clearwater Dam: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

Within 700 feet below the spillway walls of Clearwater Dam: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bowfishing, gigging and atlatls are prohibited. 



Stop Fish and Wildlife Thieves and Arsonists 

Operation Game Thief and Operation Forest Arson are privately funded 
programs to help combat poaching and arson-caused forest fires in 
Missouri. Rewards are available for information leading to the arrest of 
game law violators and forest arsonists. 

If you see a possible violation in progress, call your county conservation 
agent immediately or dial toll-free 1-800-392-1111. All information is kept 
strict confidence. 

Sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation and 
the U.S. Forest Service. 




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Blue Springs Creek 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit. 

In Crawford County from Blue Springs to the Meramec River: 

<^Pp4 Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See page 18 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Bourbeuse River 
Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit 

Courtois Creek 

Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit 

From Highway 8 bridge in Crawford County to Huzzah Creek: 

■ Goggle-eye — 8" minimum length limit 

Crane Creek 

In Stone and Lawrence counties upstream from Quail Spur Crossing on Stone County Road 

13-1^5^ 

<^Pp4 B ^ ue Ri bb° n Trout Area— See page 18 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Current River 

Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Walleye and sauger — 18" minimum length limit 

Fron^Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove: 

<9^p4 B ^ ue ^bbon Trout Area— See page 18 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

From Cedar Grove to the Arkansas line: 

■ Nongame fish — The daily limit may include no more than 5 hogsuckers. 

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Dry Fork Creek 

Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit. 

In Crawford and Phelps counties from the elevated cable crossing to the Meramec River: 

<^Pp4 Part °f tne Meramec River Red Ribbon Trout Area— See page 19 for 
special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

In Phelps and Dent counties, upstream from the elevated cable crossing: 

■ Trout— 15" minimum length limit; daily limit 2. 

Eleven Point River 
Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Walleye and sauger— 18" minimum length limit 

From Thomasville Access to the Arkansas line: 

■ Goggle-eye — 8" minimum length limit. 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

From Greer Spring Branch to Turner Mill: 

4^P^4 Bl ue Ribbon Trout Area— See page 18 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Elk River 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit; 2 fish daily limit 

Gasconade River 

From Highway Y in Pulaski County to Highway D in Phelps County: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 18" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 



Discover new fishing spots online 

Find conservation areas to explore or float a bobber at mdc.mo.gov/atlas. 

Learn about the state's four trout parks, 120 miles of spring-fed cold water 
managed trout streams, urban lakes and Lake Taneycomo at 
mdc. mo. gov I trout/7 248. 

Discover Missouri's best smallmouth bass fishing streams at mdc.mo.gov/13226. 

For free printed maps, write to "Discover Outdoor Missouri," "Smallmouth 
Bass Map" or "Trout Map," Missouri Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, 
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180, or e-mail pubstaff@mdc.mo.gov. 

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Greer Spring Branch 

As posted upstream from the south boundary of the private reservation: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

Hickory Creek 

Mainstem and its tributaries 

^T^^] White Ribbon Trout Area— See page 18 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species from Nov. 1 through 
Feb. 28. 

Huzzah Creek 

Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no 
more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both 
species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit 

From Willhite Road in Crawford County to the Meramec River: 

■ Goggle-eye— 8" minimum length limit 

Jacks Fork River 

From Highway 17 to Highway 106: 

■ Smallmouth bass — 18" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

James River 

From Hooten Town bridge on Stone County Road A-90 to Highway 13: 

■ Largemouth bass— 15" minimum length limit 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

Joachim Creek 

From Jefferson County Highway V bridge to Highway A bridge: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

Little Piney Creek 

From the Phelps County line in sections 9 and 16 of T35N, R8W, including Piney Spring 

Branch and Lane Spring Branch to Milldam Hollow Access: 

<9py4 Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See page 19 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Little Platte River 

Between Smithville Dam and U.S. Highway 169: 

■ Pole and line fishing only 

■ Paddlefish may not be possessed on the water or adjacent banks. 

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Meramec River 

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below: 

■ Black bass— Daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit 

FromHighway 8 bridge to Scott's Ford: 

<^P^4 Red Ribbon Trout Area— See page 19 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

From Scott's Ford to the railroad crossing at Bird's Nest: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. Daily and possession limit of 12 
black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth 
bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

From Highway 19 bridge in Dent County to Pacific Palisades Conservation Area: 

■ Goggle-eye— 8" minimum length limit 

Mill Creek 

From Yelton Spring to Little Piney Creek, including Wilkins Spring and spring branch: 

<^P^4 Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See page 19 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Mineral Fork 

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 12 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit. 

From Highway F in Washington County to the Big River: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. Daily and possession limit of 12 
black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth 
bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass 



Handle lead fishing sinkers carefully 

To prevent exposure to lead while fishing, take the following precautions: 

■ Wash hands with soap after holding lead sinkers, especially before 
eating. 

■ Never bite down or chew lead sinkers. 

■ Take proper precautions when melting lead and pouring sinkers at 
home. 

■ Use sinkers made of other materials, such as steel, bismuth, tungsten, 
resin and glass. Avoid sinkers made from zinc, as they also are toxic to 
waterfowl. 



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Mississippi River, including Pools 20-26 

■ Black bass — 12" minimum length limit 

■ Channel catfish and blue catfish— The daily and possession limit is 20, 
combined total of these species.. 

■ Flathead catfish— The daily and possession limit is 10 fish. 

■ Paddlefish— The open season is March 15 through May 15 and Sept. 15 through 
Dec. 15. 

■ Walleye and sauger— No minimum length limit. The daily and possession limit 
is 8, combined total of both species. No seasonal restrictions on the hours for 
take and possession. 

■ White bass, yellow bass, striped bass and their hybrids— No minimum length 
limit. The daily and possession limit is 30, combined total of these species. 

■ Nongame fish— The daily and possession limit is 100, combined total of 
these species, except that bighead carp, common carp, goldfish, grass carp 
and silver carp may be taken and possessed in any number. Snagging, 
snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 through May 15 and from 
Sept. 15 through Dec. 15. 

■ Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day in all 
flowing portions, except in Sand Chute below the mouth of the Salt River in Pike 
County where they may only be taken by bow from sunrise to midnight. 

■ Limit of 2 poles per licensed angler 

■ Limit of 50 hooks on a trotline 

Temporary overflow waters east of the Missouri Pacific Railroad between Cape Girardeau 
and Scott City 

■ Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day. 

Temporary overflow waters east of the mainline and setback levees between Commerce 
and the Arkansas state line 

■ Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day. 

Missouri River 

■ Walleye and sauger— No seasonal restrictions on the hours for take and 
possession. 

■ Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day in all 
flowing portions. 

Downstream from Carl R. Noren Access to Chamois Access 

■ All shovelnose sturgeon must be returned to the water immediately after being 
caught. 

North Fork of the White River 

From the upper outlet of Rainbow Spring to Patrick Bridge: 

<^p^4 Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See page 19 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

The unimpounded portion of river and its tributaries in Ozark County from Patrick Bridge to 
Norfork Lake: 

Red Ribbon Trout Area— See page 20 for special regulations. 

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Osage River 

Within 525 feet on the left descending bank and 977 feet on the right descending bank 

below Truman Dam in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' restricted zone: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Truman Dam 
throughout the no-boating zone (look for signs and buoys): 

■ Catfish— The daily limit of channel, blue and flathead catfish is 4, combined 
total of these species, and only one 1 may be more than 24" in total length. 

■ Paddlefish may not be possessed on the water or adjacent banks. 

From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Truman Dam to U.S. Highway 65: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, jug lines, snagging, snaring and grabbing are 
prohibited. 

Within 225 feet below Bagnell Dam: 

■ No fishing is allowed, except live bait may be taken by dip net and throw net 
only. 

From the no-fishing zone below Bagnell Dam to U.S. Highway 54: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, snagging, snaring and grabbing are 
prohibited. 

From U.S. Highway 54 to the Missouri River: 

■ Nongame fish — Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 
through April 30 only. 

■ No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a 
daily limit of 2 paddlefish 

Osage Fork of the Gasconade River 

From Skyline Drive bridge near Orla in Laclede County to the Gasconade River: 

■ Goggle-eye— 8"minimum length limit. 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 



Catch on to catch-and-release fishing 

Often, fishing is for pleasure rather than for food. Catch and release or 
releasing fish immediately after they are caught, is a conservation measure 
that contributes to fish populations, rather than decreases them. Following a 
few basic guidelines will increase the chances of a fish's survival: 

■ Whenever possible, do not take the fish out of the water. 

■ Filing the barbs off hooks makes removal easier. 

■ Never pull a hook from the fish's throat or stomach; it is better to cut the 
line— many hooks will rust away. 

■ Avoid excessive handling of fish. 

■ If handling is necessary, make certain not to squeeze or drop the fish. 

■ Never put your fingers in the gills or eye sockets. 

Many anglers are starting to catch on to catch and release. Releasing fish 
helps maintain a fishery for the future! 



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Roubidoux Creek 

From the elevated utility cable crossing approximately 1/2 mile 

below the Business I-44 bridge in Waynesville to the Gasconade River: 

4SKf4 Red Ribbon Trout Area— See page 20 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

Sac River 

From below Stockton Dam to Highway 32: 

■ Pole and line fishing only 

St. Francis River 

Above Wappapello Dam, from the lake and its tributaries including 

the St. Francis River and its tributaries: 

■ Walleye and sauger — 18" minimum length limit. 

Within 225 feet below Wappapello Dam: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

From within 700 feet below the spillway walls of Wappapello Dam: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bowfishing, gigging and atlatls are prohibited. 

Within that part of the river that forms a boundary between Arkansas and Missouri 

■ Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day in the 
flowing portions. 

Salt River 

On the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool within 400 feet below 

Clarence Cannon Dam in the no boating zone: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

From the downstream end of the no fishing zone below Clarence Cannon Dam 
to the posted powerline crossing on the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool: 

■ Pole and line fishing only. 

From the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool below Mark Twain Lake dam: 

■ Black bass — 12" minimum length limit 

From the no-boating zone 1,100 feet below the Clarence Cannon 
Reregulation Pool Dam to Route A: 

Fishing by pole and line and bow only 

Disabled-Accessible 
lutdoors 



Many lakes in Missouri have docks that provide 
easy access to good fishing. For a comprehensive 
list of disabled-accessible fishing spots and other 
facilities around the state, write for the free 
booklet: "Disabled-Accessible Outdoors" P.O. Box 
180, Jefferson City MO 65102-0180 or send an 
e-mail to pubstaff@mdc.mo.gov. 



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Spring Creek 

In Phelps County from Relfe Spring to the Big Piney River: 

4^frj4 B ^ ue ^bbon Trout Area— see page 20 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural 
and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Tenmile Creek 

From Highway B in Carter County to Cane Creek: 

■ Smallmouth bass — 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 



Poachers, Beware! 

Convicted wildlife violators lose hunting & fishing privileges in 31 states. 

Missouri is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator's Compact, an 
agreement whereby 31 participating states share information about game 
law violators and honor each other's decisions to deny permits to perennial 
poachers. 

In the past, poachers whose hunting, fishing or trapping privileges were 
suspended in one state could drive to another state and purchase a permit. 

Now, if your permit is revoked in Missouri, you will lose privileges in Alaska, 
Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, 
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, 
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, 
South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. 
Missouri, in turn, will honor revocations in these same states. 



A Few Words About Culling 



Any fish you catch is included in your daily limit unless you release it 
unharmed immediately. You may not replace smaller fish in your possession 
with larger ones caught later. You need to make a keep~or~release decision 
as soon as the fish is caught. 

There is one exception: If, from September through June, you are a 
participant in a bona fide catdvand-release black bass tournament (one 
after which all bass are released alive), which requires entrants to have a 
boat livewell with adequate capacity and a pump constantly adding fresh or 
recirculating water, the black bass you release unharmed from the livewell 
need not be included in your daily limit. At no time may the daily limit be 
exceeded. 



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Showcase Your First Catch 

The First Fish Award commemorates 
that special moment in each angler's 
life, the landing of the first fish. 
The award certificate, suitable for 
framing, is available to any first time 
angler regardless of age. There is 
no time limit on when the fish was 
caught; so whether your first fish was 
caught last week or 50 years ago, 
send for an application by writing to: 
First Fish Program 

Missouri Department of Conservation 
P.O. Box 180 
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180 



■fly's >* 



Applications also are available at: 
mdc.mo.gov I 62. 



Contact Information 

Administrative Office 

P.O. Box 180 (zip 65102) 
2901 W. Truman Blvd. 
Jefferson City 65109 
573/751-4115 
Fax: 573/751-4467 

Northwest 

701 James McCarthy Drive 
St. Joseph 64507 
816/271-3100 
Fax: 816/271-3107 



Northeast 

3500 S. Baltimore 
Kirksville 63501 
660/785-2420 
Fax: 660/785-2553 

Kansas City 

3424 N.W. Duncan 

Road 

Blue Springs 64015 

816/655-6250 

Fax: 816/655-6256 




Web address: mdc.mo.gov 



Director, Department of Conservation 

Robert L. Ziehmer 

The Conservation Commission 

Don C. Bedell Chip McGeehan 

Don R. Johnson Becky L. Plattner 



Central 

1907 Hillcrest Drive 
Columbia 65201 
573/884-6861 
Fax: 573/882-9807 

St. Louis 

2360 Highway D 
St. Charles 63304 
636/441-4554 
Fax: 636/926-9125 

Ozark 

551 Joe Jones Blvd. 
West Plains 65775 
417/256-7161 
Fax: 417/256-0429 

Southwest 

2630 N. May fair 
Springfield 65803 
417/895-6880 
Fax: 417/895-6910 

Southeast 

2302 County Park Drive 
Cape Girardeau 63701 
573/290-5730 
Fax: 573/290-5736 



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Fish Consumption Advisory 



Fish is a good source of high-quality protein and essential nutrients that contribute 
to a healthy diet. Fish is low in cholesterol, and some types of fish have omega-3 
fatty acids that are essential for the development of the nervous system and may 
be beneficial in reducing heart disease. However, there are occasions when limited 
or even no consumption of fish is appropriate. 

Annually, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services evaluates the 
amount of contaminants in sport-caught fish and determines whether or not there 
are any health risks associated with eating fish from Missouri water bodies. All fish 
contain some small amount of chemical contaminants. In most instances and for 
most people, the health benefits of eating fish outweigh the potential health risks 
from contaminants. 

In general, eat smaller, legal-size, younger fish because they tend to have lower 
levels of contamination than larger fish of the same species. To minimize the 
amount of contaminants in the fish you eat, fillet your fish, remove the skin and 
trim away fatty portions. The meal advice in the summarized advisory table on 
the next page is based on this preparation technique. 

Because children are particularly sensitive to some contaminants, DHSS makes 
special recommendations for pregnant women, women of childbearing age, 
nursing mothers and children under 13 years old. Other recommendations are for 
everyone. On the next page is a summarized advisory table for 2010. 

The fish advisory may be revised throughout the year. For updates and for the 
complete fish advisory, which provides further details on contaminants and 
preparation techniques to minimize contaminants, go to www.dhss.mo.gov/ 
fishadvisory or contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 
Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology, P.O. Box 570, 
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0570; 573/751-6102. 




Subscribe to the Missouri Conservationist 

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with the Missouri Conservationist, free to adult Missouri ^L 

residents. Out-of-state subscriptions are $7 a year. Foreign subscriptions are 

$10 a year. Please include payment with subscription request. 

To subscribe, call 573/522-4115, ext. 3856, or send your name, address 
and payment if required to: 

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Advisory Population 


Location* — Contaminant 


Species 


Length 


Serving Advice 


Sensitive populations: 
Pregnant women, women 
ofchildbearingage, 
nursing mothers and 
children under the age 13 


All U.S. water bodies — mercury All fish all sizes Iperweek 

Because all fish have various levels of mercury, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends 
sensitive populations consume no more than 1 meal per week when no other advisory is present. 


Statewide — mercury 


Largemouth, spotted, 
smallmouth bass and 
walleye 


greater than 12" 


1 per month 


Clearwater Lake in Reynolds 
County — mercury 


White bass 


greaterthan 15" 


1 per month 


All consumers 


Mississippi & Missouri rivers — 
PCBs, chlordane, mercury 


Shovelnose sturgeon 
(excluding eggs) 


all sizes 


1 per month 


Sturgeon eggs 




Do not eat. 


Flathead, channel, blue 
catfish 


greaterthan 17" 


1 per week 


Carp species 


greaterthan 21" 


1 per week 


Blue River from Minor Park in 
Jackson County to the Missouri 
River — PCBs, chlordane 


Carp species and 
channel catfish 


all sizes 


1 per month 


Turkey Creek near Hwy. P in Jasper 
County — PCBs, chlordane 


Buffalo species 


greaterthan 21" 


1 per week 


Big River in St. Francois & Jefferson 
counties — lead 


Sunfish,carp,redhorse 
and other suckers 


all sizes 


Do not eat. 


Flat River in St. Francois County 
from Hwy. B, 6 miles downstream 
to where it enters Big River — lead 


Sunfish,carp,redhorse 
and other suckers 


all sizes 


Do not eat. 


Big Creek near Glover in Iron 
County — lead 


Sunfish 


all sizes 


Do not eat. 


Simpson Park Lake at Simpson 
Park in St. Louis County — mercury, 
chlordane, PCBs 


Buffalo 


greaterthan 16" 


1 per month 



* If you fish at a location with warning signs posted, follow those specific local guidelines. 
The locations in this summary table do not include local warnings. 



Team Up For Streams 



You can help protect Missouri's valuable stream habitat by 
starting a Stream Team in your area. By becoming a part of 
this program, you can stay updated on current stream 
issues and improve our aquatic resources. 




MISSOURI 

STREAM 

TEAM 



Among other activities, team members clean up trash, plant trees, stencil storm 
drains and monitor water quality. 

For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation, Stream 
Unit, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. Or call 573/522-4115, 
ext. 3169, or 1 -800-781-1989. Or go online at mdc.mo.gov/programs/strteam. 



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Definitions 

■ Atlatl: A rod or narrow board-like device used to launch, through a throwing 
motion of the arm, a dart 5 to 8 feet in length. 

■ Backwater: Any flowing or nonflowing water lying exclusively within the 
floodplain of a river and connected to that river at any water level below official 
flood stage for the portion of river where the backwater occurs. Backwater does 
not include tributary streams and ditches, but may include side channels, chutes, 
sloughs, bayous, oxbows and blew holes. 

■ Bow: A device drawn and held by hand and not fastened to a stock nor to any 
other mechanism that maintains the device in a drawn position. This definition 
includes longbows, recurve bows and compound bows. 

■ Flies, Lures and Baits: The following classes of lures are authorized for use, 
except where restricted. See pages 16-20 and 28-40. 

(A) Natural and scented baits— A natural fish food such as bait fish, crayfish, 
frogs permitted as bait, grubs, insects, larvae, worms, salmon eggs, cheese, 
corn and other food substances not containing any ingredient to stupefy, 
injure or kill fish. Does not include flies or artificial lures. Includes dough bait, 
putty or paste-type bait, any substance designed to attract fish by taste or 
smell and any fly, lure or bait containing or used with such substances. 

(B) Soft plastic bait (unscented)— Synthetic eggs, synthetic worms, synthetic 
grubs and soft plastic lures. 

(C) Artificial Lure— A lure constructed of any material excluding soft plastic bait 
and natural and scented bait defined in (A) or (B) above. 

(D) Fly— An artificial lure constructed on a single-point hook, using any 
material except soft plastic bait and natural and scented bait as defined in (A) 
or (B) above, that is tied, glued or otherwise permanently attached. 

■ Days or Dates: All days and dates are inclusive. A day begins or ends at 
midnight, unless otherwise specified. 

■ Endangered Fish: Lake sturgeon, pallid sturgeon, taillight shiner, Neosho 
madtom, spring cavefish, harlequin darter, goldstripe darter, cypress minnow, 
central mudminnow, crystal darter, swamp darter, Ozark cavefish, Niangua 
darter, Sabine shiner, mountain madtom, redfin darter, longnose darter, flathead 
chub, Topeka shiner. These fish may not be kept 

■ Game Fish: Goggle-eye (commonly known as Ozark bass, rock bass and shadow 
bass), warmouth, northern pike, muskellunge, tiger muskie, muskie-pike hybrid, 
chain pickerel, grass pickerel, all species of catfish except bullheads, all species 

of black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted), paddlefish (spoonbill), all 
species of crappie, white bass, yellow bass and striped bass, trout, walleye, sauger 
and shovelnose sturgeon. 

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■ Grabbing: Snagging or attempting to snag a fish by means of a pole, line and 
hook manipulated by hand. 

■ Hook: Single- or multiple-pronged hooks and ordinary artificial lures with 
attached single- or multiple-pronged hooks and dropper flies. A multiple-pronged 
hook, or 2 or more hooks used to hold a single bait are considered a single hook. 

■ Lessee: Any Missouri resident who lives on and leases at least 5 acres of 
land in one single tract owned by others. This also includes any member of the 
immediate household whose legal residence is the same as the lessee for at least 
the past 30 days. 

■ Resident Landowner: Any Missouri resident who owns at least 5 continuous 
acres, and his or her immediate household members whose legal residence is the 
same as the landowner's for at least the past 30 days. In the case of corporate 
ownership, only registered officers of corporations meet this definition and they 
are not required to reside on the land. Persons who own stock in a corporation 
(shareholders) do not meet this definition. 

■ Nongame Fish: All species other than those listed as endangered or defined as 
game fish. Nongame fish are referred to as "other fish" in the Wildlife Code. 

■ Pole and Line: Fishing methods using tackle normally held in the hand, such as 
a cane pole, casting rod, spinning rod or fly rod, or ice fishing tackle commonly 
known as a tip-up, to which not more than 3 hooks with bait or lures are 
attached. Does not include snagging, snaring, grabbing, trotlines, juglines or other 
tackle normally attached in a fixed position. 

■ Take or Taking: Killing, trapping, snaring, netting or capturing in any manner 
any wildlife, and also refers to pursuing, molesting, hunting, wounding; or the 
placing, setting, or use of any net, trap, device, contrivance or substance, in an 
attempt to take wildlife; and every act of assistance to every other person in 
taking or attempting to take any wildlife. 



New nature 
magazine for kids 




Inspire the children in your life to get outside! Sign them up for Xplor, and six times 
a year, your kids will receive stories and photos about Missouri coolest critters, 
niftiest natural places and lively outdoor activities. The magazine is free to Missouri 
households. Out-of-state subscriptions are $5 a year. Foreign subscriptions are $8 a 
year. Include payment with request. Parental consent is required. 

To subscribe, go to mdc.mo.gov/xplor, call 573/522-4115, ext. 3856, or write to Xplor, 
P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. You'll begin receiving the magazine in 
about 6 to 8 weeks. One magazine per household, please. 

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Think you've got a record? 



The Department of Conservation maintains a list of Missouri State Record 
Fish and recognizes anglers who catch them. To be eligible for an award, 
your fish must be taken legally and you must: 

■ Weigh it in the presence of Conservation Department personnel on a 
certified scale. 

■ Have your fish identification verified by a Conservation Department 
fisheries biologist. 

Weights of Selected Missouri State Record Fish 



Species 


Pole, Line & Lure 


Alternative I 


Methods 


Largemouth bass 


13 lb. 


14 oz. 


8 1b. 


2 oz 


Smallmouth bass 


7 lb. 


2 oz. 


4 1b. 


3 oz 


Spotted bass 


7 lb. 


8 oz. 






Black crappie— World Record! 


5 lb. 


Ooz. 


3 1b. 


3 oz 


Bluegill 


3 lb. 


oz. 






Common carp 


50 lb. 


6 oz. 


55 1b. 


oz 


Blue catfish 


103 lb. 


Ooz. 


117 1b. 


Ooz 


Channel catfish 


34 lb. 


10 oz. 


29 1b. 


14 oz 


Flathead catfish 


77 lb. 


8 oz. 


94 1b. 


oz 


White crappie 


4 lb. 


9oz. 






Muskellunge 


41 lb. 


2 oz. 






Paddlefish 






139 lb. 


4 oz 


Goggle-eye 


2 lb. 


12 oz. 






Rainbow trout 


18 lb. 


1 oz. 


15 1b. 


6 oz 


Brown trout 


28 lb. 


12 oz. 






Walleye 


21 lb. 


1 oz. 







Record Fish forms and information are available on the web at mdc.mo.gov/ 
fish/records; by writing Missouri Department of Conservation, Fisheries 
Division, State Record Fish, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180; or 
by calling 573/751-4115. 

Note: All Missouri State Record Fish must meet or exceed the minimum weight requirements 
for Master Angler Awards. See page 29. 



Earn a patch for releasing lunker trout 

If you legally catch a trout at least 18 inches long in one of 
Missouri's trout parks and release it in the presence of a witness 
between March 1 and Oct. 31, you can receive a free patch for 
your fishing vest. Pick up an "I Released a Lunker" program 
application from the fish hatchery at the park. Once you 
and your witness have signed the application, hatchery 
staff will present your patch. Catch and release a lunker 
at all four parks and win the Grand Slam patch. Arrange the NX 
four patches around the colorful Grand Slam patch, and show 
the world you're serious about fishing Missouri's trout parks and 
releasing lunker trout for other anglers to enjoy.